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The Art News You Missed While Ashton Kutcher Burnt An Artwork
Because the art world never stops
News 21 Aug 2020

Hey art girl, how are you doing? Has it been a busy week? Now that life’s returning to some sense of normality, we don’t blame you if you’ve struggled to keep up-to-date with art world news. Luckily for you, we never skip a beat, so here’s a recap of everything you missed this week!


Ashton Kutcher Burns Artwork

Yep, you read that right. Well, it wasn’t exactly an artwork…it was a doodle he made of cartoon eyes. Ashton’s stunt was made to promote Cryptograph, a blockchain art marketplace that converts drawings into digital artworks. It all sounds very futuristic and a tad complicated, but Kutcher’s drawing is now up for auction for more than $4,000! Read more about it via artnet.  

Artists Unite To Save US Postal Service

Have you seen USPS trending on socials lately? It stands for United States Postal Service and it’s under threat. News reports across the globe are commenting on how Donald Trump is trying to undermine it to deter people from postal voting in the next US election. But, artists are using their platform to stop it from going away. KAWS, Futura, ALOK and AliRae Aguiree are all amongst artists trying to save USPS.  

Damien Hirst Brings Back The Art Basel Banana

Back in 2019 when we were all able to travel and enjoy art fairs to our hearts content, there was a certain banana that stole almost every art-filled headline. Remember Maurizio Cattelan’s Art Basel banana, anyone? While it seems like 100 years ago, Damien Hirst decided to bring it back. The British artist asked Cattelan if he could buy a banana, but Cattelan said no. However, curator Francesco Bonami felt sorry for him and sent him his own version. And, while it may not be an original, Hirst certainly seems pleased with himself. 


Anti Social Social Club Announces Collab With Sanrio

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08.22.20 @sanrio @hellokitty

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OK, so we don’t know much about this one. However, we did notice a post on the gram announcing news of a collab between Sanrio and Anti Social Social Club coming on August 22, and we are totally here for it!

Comme Des Garcons Collab With Futura 2000

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We just love an art x fashion collab. Comme des Garcons has just teamed up with Futura 2000 for their SHIRT LINE, which features graffiti inspired shirts (duh) and bags all available now via Dover Street Market. 


Curator Makes Buyers Sign Contracts Promising Not To Resell Work By Black Artists

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The works of Jerome Lagarrigue (b.1973) and Kiyomi Taylor (b. 1995) both reference and are influenced by transformation and memorialization.⠀ .⠀ In the case of American-born Taylor, her work is driven by allegory and narrative storytelling with mixed media scenes employing vivid color, varied texture, and distorted scale to suggest significance while including images of geology, biology, and an archive of personal photographs.⠀ .⠀ Similarly, French-born Laguarrigue uses photographs in his work and, in many cases, photos with personal significance: a tiny photo booth print of his father as a young man or his Harlem raised African-American mother standing behind her White Parisian in-laws.⠀ .⠀ Laguarrigue paints his relatives from literal to figurative and even imagined, spanning generations, cultures, races, and continents. Taylor's works elevate complex, but commonplace underlying feelings centered around relationships, shame, love, and fear, to the realm of the fantastical and the supernatural.⠀ .⠀ Jerome Lagarrigue (B.1973, Paris, France), 'Jules with stripes (Son)'. Asking price: $16,000.⠀ ⠀ Kiyomi Taylor (B. 1995, South Orange, NJ), 'Ape Head Quilt I (Orangutan)'. Asking price: $1200.⠀ .⠀ Artwork image courtesy of @desti.knee and @jlagarrigue as well as @kiyomitay⠀ .⠀ Say It Loud — 31 July-18 August⠀ .⠀ #ChristiesSayitLoud #art #artists #africanartists #blackartists #contemporaryartists #virtualexhibition #blackart #blackartist #kiyomitaylor #jeromelagarrigue

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Ever since the BLM movement took center stage, interest in art by contemporary black artists has gone through the roof. As a result, Destinee Ross-Sutton, the curator of Christie’s recent SAY IT LOUD (I’m Black and I’m Proud) selling exhibition of 22 emerging Black artists, has asked buyers to sign a contract agreeing not to resell the work for at least five works. In the event that the buyer does try to resell, they must first seek permission from the artist. And if they sell outside auction, they must then give 15% of profits to the artist. The decision was made in order to ensure artists profit from their works. 

Christie’s Hosts Selling Exhibition Dedicated To Sports

Sports and art…not something you expect to see in the same sentence, right? Well Christie’s is changing that by hosting a selling exhibition dedicated to when sport features in modern art. For The Love of the Game: Sports in Modern and Contemporary Art includes work by big names including Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. 

Air Jordan’s Break Records At Christie’s

Sneakers are hot property! A pair of Michael Jordan’s worn Air Jordan 1’s just sold in Christie’s Original Air auction for $615,000, making them the most expensive pair of sneakers ever to sell at auction!

Christie’s To Host Auction To Support Lebanese Art Community

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Two weeks ago Beirut paused following the tragic explosion. Much damage was inflicted upon the vibrant cultural scene that will take time to fully recover. As an auction house we feel a responsibility to commit to Lebanese artists, designers and the cultural community through our charity auction: We Are All Beirut, in October. Until then, we will post every Tuesday ‘in memorandum’ about Lebanese cultural diversity. Each week, my colleagues and invited guests will share a moment of cultural life with our followers at the precise time of the explosion. – Michael Jeha, Christie’s Chairman Middle East قبل أسبوعين، توقف الزمن للحظة في بيروت بعد الانفجار المأساوي، قبل أن يتبين حجم الضرر الهائل الذي أصاب المدينة ومشهدها الثقافي النابض بالحياة والذي سيتطلب وقتاً ليتعافى ويزدهر مجدداً. ونحن في دار كريستيز للمزادات نشعر بمسؤوليتنا تجاه الفنانين والمصممين والمجتمع الثقافي في لبنان، وبضرورة الوقوف معهم ومساعدتهم من خلال المزاد الخيري "كلنا بيروت" الذي أعلنا مؤخراً عن إقامته نهاية شهر أكتوبر القادم. وحتى ذلك الحين، سننشر كل ثلاثاء مشاركة على صفحتنا تضامناً مع لبنان وتنوعه الثقافي، حيث سيشارك زملائنا وضيوفنا المدعوون لحظة من الحياة الثقافية مع متابعينا كل أسبوع في نفس توقيت الانفجار. مايكل جيها، رئيس مجلس إدارة كريستيز في الشرق الأوسط

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The world was taken aback by the explosion that hit Beirut on August 4, a devastating shock that badly affected the country’s art community. In a bid to help, Christie’s Dubai has just announced that they will host We Are All Beirut – Art for Beirut in October. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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